I feel like there's an update every 5 minutes! But seriously, there's a new update every 2 weeks and it's really annoying. They went from 3.6 to 14 since December. In 6 months they have 11 updates.
Answer by Chris McCray · Jul 19, 2012 at 10:21 AM
It's not the frequency of updates that concerns me, but the numbering of them. It's not so long ago we were all using Firefox 3.6 and wondering whether to upgrade to Firefox 4, and now we seem to have hit some sort of numeric turbo-boost up to version 13 and soon 14 and 17 or 18 by the end of the year.
We're left wondering what the number actually means. Mozilla have switched Firefox from a change-significance release number, to what seems to indicate that each successive release is a major change from the previous one. Whether the changes from Firefox 12 to 13 warrant a major release number increment, well the changes sound a lot like incorporations of existing Firefox add-ons and utilities into the main package (new tab/often-used sites)(load tabs progressively)(profile manager).
"Rapid Release" (as Mozilla are now calling their change/upgrade process), seems to be a very good idea. Though in a desktop lock-down/corporate environment I'd guess sysadmins would want to push through updates on their own timeframe (every quarter?) and wouldn't have automatic updates enabled for either Firefox or Chrome.
I'd have preferred it if Mozilla had switched Firefox to a Ubuntu-like numbering system, using the major number as the release-year and the minor number as the release-month. That would've made a lot more sense to me, though maybe I'm a dinosaur in this, and that in a "release early and release often" environment, the version number should be meaningless. Roll-on version 99 - maybe it will come with a Flake.
Answer by Lee Wood · Jul 18, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Haven't been an Firefox user for a few years now, but have they not started doing Background updates yet?
I never notice Chrome updating, that is one of the many reasons I switched!
Answer by jadtechnic · Jul 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I don't think its that there is so many update Linux as I have noticed has only had 3 updates over the years so far , there is the rush to play catch up which is maddening they are developing and updating 3 to 4 version at the same time, if you have selected an option to keep and receive updates for all of them you most likely get a load more then someone who is sticking with one version and it official working updates rather then its nitely updates and patches for testing ..
i know its confusing but there are at this time several ways to install and set up firefox and it really depends on how geek ed out on FF to be honest I dont use it all that much but I have stuck with version 13 only it has been good works when I need it updates have been no heavier then any other program on linux any how ..
Answer by DJ Scooby Doo · Nov 13, 2012 at 02:01 PM
To go on what I was saying before earlier in the summer, YES they're updating WAY too much. The school doesn't allow me to update at all to the latest one. I could use IE 9, but I can't access any sites like YouTube with IE. I can't install Chrome because I don't have admin access. Look where I'm stuck at.
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